Renee BoyleRenee Boyle has more than 15 years’ experience raising funds for nonprofit organizations, large and small, local and national, using every tool in the fundraiser’s tool bag: annual appeals, grant proposals, special events, and more.  

The last five, delightful years Renee has been Development Director for the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center, a high-quality, early childhood education program where young children from low-income, working families build the skills they need to be successful in school.

In addition to hearing laughter from 75 children every day, the highlights have been a capital campaign to raise funds for a new field trip bus; a United Way grant that funded an obesity prevention program, “Healthy Me; Healthy You;” and a new annual fundraiser, the Teddy Bear 5K & 1K.

Her inspiration to fund raise is rooted in her conviction that all young children have a right to the essentials: a safe place to live and play, nutritious food, and a nurturing environment where they can build the basic skills to start school on an equal footing with their peers. And everyone deserves the satisfaction of contributing to something bigger than they could accomplish alone.

A journalism major, Renee started her career as a newspaper reporter in Minnesota. She discovered the world of philanthropy when she took a position as communications director for the Minnesota Council on Foundations.

She moved east with her husband and two young sons for her to pursue a PhD in Architecture. Her sons grew up and went to college and Renee went back to school, earning a Certificate in Fundraising from New York University.

Before she found her way to the Children’s Center, she raised funds for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Foundation for Physical Therapy, and ChildHelp USA.